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Published:November 24th, 2006 04:08 EST
Academy Band Marches in Macy's Parade

Academy Band Marches in Macy's Parade

By SOP newswire

by Senior Airman Brian Ferguson

The cold and rain didn't stop the residents of New York City from lining the streets for this year's 80th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 23.

The soggy weather also didn't stop the U.S. Air Force Academy Marching Band from participating.

"We were here as part of the celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Air Force and to spread the message about the Air Force and military in general," said Master Sgt. Randy Ward, band member.

The parade began at 77th Street and Central Park West. When it reached Columbus Circle, it turned onto Broadway and ended at 34th Street, next to the Macy's department store.

Spectators at the event said the Air Force looked great and that they were glad to see the military in the parade.

"They were awesome," Meridith Hornick said. "This parade is so exciting. It's probably the most exciting parade I have ever been to."

"It's great to see the Air Force out here. It sounded really great," Kristina Alexander said.

The Air Force Academy band is comprised of active duty servicemembers but some cadets did participate in the day's festivities.

"It was a great experience to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," Cadet 1st Class Angela Sheffield said. "Although it was cold, wet and a little windy at times, it was a good experience. I think we will all remember it forever."

The band will also be appearing on Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, Nov. 24.